FSANZ opens submissions on changes to maximum residue limits requirements
April 26, 2016

  Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) is seeking to create an “all other foods” maximum residue limit for some agricultural chemicals. FSANZ is calling for submissions on this proposal after it called for submissions on proposed changes to the maximum residue limits for agricultural and veterinary chemicals in November 2015. FSANZ Chief Executive Officer, Steve McCutcheon, said maximum limits are already set for chemicals and specific commodities but this has created issues. “This... ...Read more »

New FoodLegal Symposium in April, Hurry for Early Bird price
March 15, 2016

Early bird pricing is still available for FoodLegal’s “The Future is Here” April Symposium. To be hosted in Melbourne, the half-day morning event will include eight expert speakers and will cover the following topics: new niche product development opportunities how novel ingredients may be dealt with new knowledge on special purpose foods and regulations for sports supplements and beverages the new opportunities to develop foods for special medical purposes new scientific findings that create... ...Read more »

FSANZ speaker at FoodLegal symposium
March 9, 2016

The Senior Food Scientist and Risk Manager of Australia’s food regulatory agency Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) Jonathon Kite will be delivering vital information for the food industry at the upcoming FoodLegal symposium.   The Symposium will be a one-off and will take place in the Melbourne CBD. It will address very important issues for food product developers, marketers and decision makers.   Kite is the key person at FSANZ responsible for the proposed new regulatory framework... ...Read more »

Current developments in food law and policy in Australia and elsewhere
March 7, 2016

An update of current food law developments in Australia and elsewhere.   Here is a report of recent and imminent developments in food product compliance and regulatory information in Australia and beyond: http://tinyurl.com/jzd6q9z      Read More →

FSANZ looking to change infant formula Food Standards requirements
February 24, 2016

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) is seeking comments on its proposed approach to revising infant formula requirements in the Food Standards Code.   FSANZ Chief Executive Officer Mr Steve McCutcheon said although breastfeeding is the recommended way to feed a baby, a safe and nutritious substitute for breast milk is needed for babies who are not breastfed.   “FSANZ is looking at clarifying some standards, bringing them up-to-date with the latest scientific evidence and aligning... ...Read more »

Coles and Lion milk recall in WA
January 27, 2016

Coles and Lion have issued recalls for milk a number of milk products sold in Western Australia after discovering a microbial coliforms contamination.   The two Coles branded milks are “Coles Brand Western Australian fresh hilo milk 98% fat free carton 1L” and “Coles Brand Western Australian fresh full cream milk carton 1 litre”. Coles is only recalling milks with the use-by date of 6 February 2016. Lion is the producer of these products.   Lion’s other milks which have been recalled... ...Read more »

“Australian honey is safe natural product” says Honey Bee Industry Council
January 25, 2016

The Australian Honey Bee Industry Council has reassured consumers that Australian honey is safe despite the publication of a study that suggested otherwise.   In the study out of Ireland and conducted by Luckhart et al and published in Volume 33, Issue 1 of the academic journal Food Additives & Contaminants: Part A, stated it found 41 out of 59 Australian honeys sampled contained by pyrrolizidine alkaloids (PA), a liver damaging toxin. PA can occur naturally in honey but it is considered... ...Read more »

FSANZ finds Phthalate chemicals at higher than recommended levels in food
January 20, 2016

A leading Queensland scientist has warned the public to be cautious after a Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) study found two chemicals at higher than recommended levels in samples of plastic food packages.   The two chemicals, di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) and diisononyl phthalate (DINP) were detected as part of FSANZ’s Australian Total Diet Study into chemicals in food packaging. FSANZ said it detected “very low residues of some chemicals in a small number of samples”... ...Read more »

ACCC moves against ‘unhealthy’ nutrition claims
January 20, 2016

On 18 January 2016, the period for relying on the old transitional health claims standard, in the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code, expired. The new Food Standard 1.2.7 now stands alone.   In recent times, Australia’s federal government agency for fair trading the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has been taking a new hard-line approach against misleading nutrition or food composition claims. Even though there was complete compliance with the Australia New Zealand... ...Read more »

The great egg debate, FSANZ addresses concerns
January 13, 2016

Issues of food safety were highlighted earlier this week when a handful of Coles customers asked the supermarket through social media to start storing its eggs in fridges to help prevent food poisoning. With some of the consumers going so-far as to claim they will not be shopping at the supermarket until eggs are refrigerated like competitor Woolworths, Coles was left to defend itself responding to some of the messages by saying it was following all of Australia’s food safety standards.   So... ...Read more »

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